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Fire research and investigation

Building architects, owners and managers must ensure that new and existing buildings meet regulatory requirements aimed at protecting buildings, building users and the surrounding environment.  Identifying and minimising fire risks can be a complex and technically demanding task.

With over fifty years of experience in research and fire investigation, and one of the largest and most advanced fire experimental facilities in the UK, we can work with you on a diverse range of issues including:

Fire safety design - it is very important to consider fire safety implications at the concept design stage. We can help you to design buildings that incorporate the latest fire safety engineering principles without hindering their function or appearance.

Fire engineering design - Buildings are becoming bigger, taller, deeper and more complex with multiple functions and occupancy.

Fire modelling - we pioneered the original development and application of CFD fire models for predicting the spread of smoke and heat from fires and continue to provide a world class service in this area.  Using our CRISP model we also undertake modelling of human behaviour and evacuation.

Fire testing and research - our highly experienced team of research scientists and engineers operate one of the largest fire research and testing laboratories in Europe. 

Fire risk assessment - A fire risk assessment will help you identify the fire hazards and risk in your organisation. We can help you to carry out the assessments and develop your fire safety strategy. Our experts also provide training in fire risk assessment.

Fire safety management - On large sites, such as business parks, hospitals and multi-tenanted areas, the management of fire safety can be complex and confusing. Let our experts at BRE assist you with our comprehensive range of fire safety products and services.

Fire inspection services - Our expert and impartial inspection services ensure that fire protection systems operate effectively, and will continue to play their part in detecting, controlling and extinguishing fires.

Fire investigations -We investigate fires to learn lessons and improve regulations, and to examine the performance of buildings and the management of incidents.

Expert witness - Our experts can help you with technical support, in-depth investigative analysis and independent reports on any legal matter related to the built environment.